Thursday at 6pm: Housing Stability and Eviction Prevention Town Hall + Return to School 2020-21 Information

Thursday at 6pm: Housing Stability and Eviction Prevention Town Hall + Return to School 2020-21 Information

Dear Parents and Families in the Save for College Community,


We hope that you and your family have been able to enjoy the summer. It is hard to believe that we are already on the verge of a new school year together. This week’s newsletter features back to school resources, details on this Thursday’s Housing Stability Town Hall and more. Here are some highlights:


Check out our “Return to School” section for details on the NYC Department of Education’s Return to School plans and to register for their information session on Thursday, August 27th at 6:30pm.


Starting this Thursday, August 20th, we will be holding our NYC Kids RISE Virtual Town Halls on the third Thursday of each month. Based on your feedback, our August Town Hall will feature housing experts across the city to talk about rent payment assistance, eviction prevention, and renters’ rights. Check out the Town Hall section for more details.


On Thursday, our Town Hall will also have a representative from the U.S. Census Bureau, who will share more about how we can make sure our community is counted. If you have not completed the Census 2020 yet, visit to help ensure we get money into our community for schools, hospitals, transportation, jobs, and more.

As part of your back to school preparation, if you haven’t yet had a chance to complete the foundational Building Blocks of the Save for College Program, please consider taking the next steps. Completing the program’s Building Blocks is a way to support children’s future now during these unprecedented times.

We will continue to share resources through our social media channels – like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter for the latest information.


With best wishes to you and your family,


Debra-Ellen and the NYC Kids RISE Team

Tune in Thursday at 6pm ET

During this town hall, speakers will cover what financial support is available for rent relief, how to prioritize what bills to pay, changes in NYCHA policies around rent payment, and information about the eviction moratorium and renters’ rights.
Housing Stability Town Hall



  • Vanessa Fuentes, Special Adviser to the Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Social Services
  • Brian Honan, Vice President of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, New York City Housing Authority
  • Joel Trinidad-Santos, Community Outreach Coordinator/Tenant and Financial Counselor, Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens CDC, Inc.
  • Fernanda Urgelles, Partnership Specialist, New York Regional Center, U.S. Census Bureau

Moderated by Carolina Valencia, Director of Communications and Digital at NYC Kids RISE.


You can watch live and ask questions via the NYC Kids RISE Facebook page. You can also watch via our YouTube channel.

Request a Topic or Resource

What topics would you like us to cover in our town halls and what resources would you like featured on our platforms? Tell us here.

Return to School

The latest 2020-21 school year information for NYC Department of Education (DOE) schools is available at Here are the highlights:

  • Current plans for September involve a blended learning model, in which students spend some time attending school in person with additional social distancing and cleaning requirements, and some time learning remotely from home. Every family has the option to learn 100% remotely if they prefer.
  • If you did not specify a preference, your child will be included in plans for in-person blended learning at their school, however you may choose to switch to 100% remote learning at any time.
  • Your school should be in contact with you about specific plans. Contact your school parent coordinator for any school-specific details.
  • On Thursday, Aug. 27 at 6:30pm, learn more about the NYC Department of Education’s plans for the new school year. Click here to register.

Charter school families should contact their school directly to discuss remote learning options. Here are the phone numbers and links to pages where information was shared: 

In Case You Missed It

During this town hall, we shared everyday activities for families to manage mental health during this pandemic. The panel also shared how to create systems of support around times of stress and loss, and the resources available to families and students during these times. Our Save for College Program community also shared in the comments what has helped them cope during the pandemic. If you missed it, click here to watch. The first part is in English and the second part is in Spanish.

Mental Health Town Hall

Your Child’s NYC Scholarship Account

Have you seen your child’s scholarship funds for their educational future?
Your child is one of more than 10,000 students that has an NYC Scholarship Account already with funds for their college and career education. Now, all you need to do, if you haven’t already, is go in and see these funds by activating your child’s NYC Scholarship Account, which has an initial deposit of $100.


Just for activating your child’s NYC Scholarship account today, you will earn up to $25 more in rewards for their future. You can click here to get started. If you would like assistance activating your child’s account, call 833-543-7473 or email [email protected].


Save for College Program Flashback

As we get ready for the 2020-21 school year, let’s remember moments from some of School District 30’s Meet the Teacher Nights and Sneak Peeks over the past three years.
Back to School Flashback

Did you fill out the Census?

Every New Yorker Counts. Filling out the Census is important for getting money into our community for schools, jobs, hospitals, and more.

Fill it out now at:

There are NO questions about immigration or citizenship. Your information is confidential and cannot be shared with anyone—not law enforcement, not the government, not your landlord.

Community Scholarship for the Children of Astoria Houses

Astoria Houses Tenants Organization Launches Community Scholarship Fundraising Effort for Students in Astoria Houses
Astoria Houses Families
The Astoria Houses Tenants Organization has launched a fundraising effort to raise $1,000 for each of the 134 students enrolled in the Save for College Program living in Astoria Houses. Claudia Coger, President of the Astoria Houses Tenants Organization, writes: “This is not only a real financial foundation that our children can rely on in 10+ years when they graduate from high school and set off on their career path. It is also sending them a message TODAY that their community believes in them and knows they can succeed. With all the fear and pain our children are living through right now, that message is in some ways more important than ever.” Read more from Claudia Coger on investing in the future of the children of Astoria Houses.


Also, if you are interested in launching your own Community Scholarship campaign, please reach out to us. We would be happy to work with you.

NYC Kids RISE Resources

Need support with setting up your child’s remote learning or information about resources in your neighborhood? Our team can help. Call (833) 543-7473 or Email [email protected]

  • Your child’s accounts – We continue to be available by phone and email to support you with your family’s scholarship and savings accounts. Please contact us for support with completing the 3 Building Blocks or other support with your accounts. We are invested for the long term in your child’s college and career training future.
  • Remote Learning Support – Need support with setting up your child’s remote learning or information about resources in your neighborhood? Our team can help. Call (833) 543-7473 or email [email protected]

Important Resources Across the Community

These are just some of the resources available from schools, community-based organizations, the City and State government, and other local partners. We are keeping an updated list on our blog at


City and State Elected Officials

Click here to contact your city and state elected officials who represent the School District 30 community. Their offices are sharing important resources and updates, and they can connect you to other resources.


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